African and African American Studies

Both African and African American Studies are focused on the study of the history and cultural legacies of Africans and African Americans, the intellectual contributions of major African and African American scholars and cultural workers, and the crucial issues confronting African and African American communities throughout the world. Students in AAAS are thus able to apply their university learning as knowledgeable, engaged members of their home communities.

For further information about African and African American Studies, contact program director:
Dr. Ivy Forsythe-Brown.

AAAS Faculty

Ivy Forsythe-Brown

Associate Professor of Sociology

Aurora Harris

LEO Lecturer II in English

Krim Lacey

Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology

Terri Laws

Associate Professor of African and African American Studies

Anthony Luckett

Teaching Professor, Journalism and Media Production; Director of Humanities and History Internship Program

Deborah Smith Pollard

Professor of English Literature and Humanities

AAAS Faculty in the News

Scholarship Support

Ahmad Rahman

Dr. Ahmad Rahman (associate professor of history) was a great leader at UM-Dearborn, and a passionate Civil Rights activist. He passed away September 21, 2015 at the age of 64.

In his memory, a scholarship was created. Your gift provides aid to our future leaders majoring or minoring in African and African American Studies.


Gloria House

Congratulations go out to co-founder of our African and African American Studies program and Professor Emerita Gloria House. She has received the 2019 Kresge Eminent Artist award, one of the biggest arts honors bestowed on Detroiters for a lifetime of work. This is an annual award reserved for those who've made distinguished contributions to the arts and the community at large.